Jabari Asim

Visiting Hurst Professor - Jabari Asim

Washington University Department of English is pleased to welcome Jabari Asim as a Visiting Hurst Professor the last week in October. Both the reading and the craft lecture will be hosted in Duncker Hall, Hurst Lounge.

See the full event poster HERE.

Craft Lecture: Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 8:00 pm
Reading: Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 pm
Hurst Lounge, Duncker Hall Rm. 201
Reading followed by reception and Book Sale

An accomplished poet, playwright, and writer, Jabari Asim has been described as one of the most influential African American literary critics of his generation. Asim has served as the editor-in-chief of Crisis magazine—the NAACP’s flagship journal of politics, culture, and ideas— and as an editor at The Washington Post, where he wrote a syndicated column on politics, popular culture, and social issues. His writing has appeared in Essence, The Baffler, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, The New Republic, American Prospect, Yale Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts and is the author of eight books for adults—including Yonder—and thirteen books for children. His debut book of poems, Stop and Frisk, was published in 2020. His latest books for young readers, Me And Muhammad Ali, and A Child’s Introduction to Jazz, will be released later this year.

Asim is currently the Elma Lewis Distinguished Fellow and a Professor at Emerson College. He is the Graduate Program Director of the MFA Program in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing.

Learn more about Jabari Asim on his page at Emerson College, here.